Archive for Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Prison inmate escapes from custody

January 25, 2005

A minimum-security inmate was discovered missing Monday night from the Lansing Correctional Facility.

The escape was discovered during a routine inmate count and confirmed around 9:15 p.m., said Brett Peterson, a spokesman with the correctional facility.

The inmate, Danny L. Kelly, was serving a 32-month sentence for a 2004 burglary and theft in Sedgwick County. Peterson said Kelly was wearing standard inmate dress: blue denim pants, blue cambric shirt and either tennis shoes or boots.

Correctional facility canine units were out Monday night and into the early morning searching for the escapee, though the manhunt had not yet turned up anything by 10 a.m.

Department of Corrections records describe Kelly, 37, as 5-foot-6, 160 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He has a long list of convictions, mostly theft and burglary, that date to 1986.

Kelly also escaped from custody in 1993 in Wichita. He was taken back into custody five days later.

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